Nominations are now open to join the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners. There are up to seven positions on the Board available, due to some current members’ terms expiring in November 2023.

We are seeking people with extractives industry knowledge, experience and leadership in one or more of the following areas:

  • operations
  • health and safety inspections
  • education and industry training. 

About the Board

The Board was established under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), in response to the Pike River Mine tragedy. Its functions are to: 

  • advise WorkSafe on competency requirements for mine workers
  • examine applicants for certificates of competence
  • issue, renew, cancel, and suspend certificates of competence.

Additional functions relating to training and competency requirements for participants in the extractive industry are required of the Board by regulations under the HSWA.

Board membership expectations

Appointments are for up to three years.

There are usually six meetings a year, the majority of which are held remotely (online). Board members may also be called upon to participate in various working groups or sub-committees.  

Board members are entitled to receive remuneration for services and reimbursement of reasonable expenses at a rate and of a kind set by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety in accordance with the Cabinet fees framework.

Further information

For more information about the Board, see About the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners.

If you would like to know more about the role of a Board member, see our position description:

Position description - New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (PDF 53 KB)

How to apply

Applications for new board members close on Monday 25 September 2023.

Documents to supply

Applicants must supply:

  • A covering letter and CV outlining their skills, qualifications, relevant experience and availability; and the required documentation as listed below
  • The contact details for two referees
  • A completed fit and proper person form and a declaration of interest form (below)
  • A current Ministry of Justice New Zealand criminal record check as part of the fit and proper person check – this may take several weeks to obtain. If you cannot obtain your criminal record check before applications close, contact the Manager of the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (details below).

Apply for a criminal record check on the Ministry of Justice website(external link)

Application forms

Fit and proper person form - New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (PDF 185 KB)
Declaration of interests - New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners members (PDF 190 KB)

Note: The fit and proper person form does not need to be provided if an applicant has already completed it as part of their certificate of competence application. 

If you have already supplied this form as part of your certificate of competence application, please indicate this in your application.

Submit your application

Please email applications to the Board of Examiners Secretariat at BoE_Secretariat@worksafe.govt.nz with 'BoE application' in the subject line before Monday 25 September 2023. 

Interview process 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview with a WorkSafe-convened panel where they will be assessed against the following criteria: 

  • Extensive and current experience in extractives, preferably in more than one sector/work area e.g. education, operations, health and safety
  • Understanding of and experience in governance, decision-making and applying sound judgement
  • Knowledge of, experience in, and a commitment to uplifting health and safety standards, including learning and development requirements
  • Ability to bring a broad and strategic perspective
  • Brings broad networks that can be consulted with.                                                          


If you have any questions, please contact Simon Robb, Manager – New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners, on simon.robb@worksafe.govt.nz or 021 862 043.